A Pop of {Cranberry} Color

Add a tart and vibrant accent  to your holidays with this tiny, packs-a-punch superfruit. It's pretty to look at, inexpensive, and it's good to eat, too!

From Better Homes and Gardens, make a topiary for your centerpiece or  hang it with some greenery. "Elevated cranberry spheres create a colorful arrangement. Cut toothpicks in half. Skewer one cranberry onto the end of each toothpick (without sticking it all the way through). Poke cranberry-laden toothpicks into a crafts foam ball. Cover each foam ball completely with cranberries."

For a last-minute appetizer or an easy hostess gift, make a cranberry pistachio goat cheese log. All you will need are 4 tablespoons of dried cranberries, 4 tablespoons of shelled, crushed pistachios, and a log of unflavored goat cheese. Check out the step-by-step instructions and lovely photos on Noble Pig.

Cranberries and candles make a pretty décor item, but mix fresh cranberries with heat and you may be in for a popping surprise! To avoid unintentionally cooking your centerpiece, pair votives with wooden berries, like those pictured here from Lemonade Makin' Mama. Wooden beads may be sold in sets, or simply snip a pre-made cranberry garland.

Fresh cranberries can make a pretty and natural filler for vases. Xenia Nova suggests using the berries to anchor a beautiful floral stem: "Place the stem in a few inches of water in a tall cylindrical vase. Hide the stem with cranberries and finish with a red ribbon and a small pine branch cutting." We love the unexpected amaryllis!

From Country Living, fill small glasses, votives, or egg cups with berries to use as place card holders. Or, line a serving tray with cranberries to hold escort cards for a formal holiday event. Boil the berries for a compote after use!

This Cranberry Kiss Mocktail, from Eat Drink Pretty, is easy pleasey yumminess- and something everyone can enjoy. Sierra Mist provides the festive bubbles; the only other ingredients you will need are cranberry juice, lime juice, mint leaves, and some berries for garnish. Visit Eat Drink Pretty for the recipe.

String 'em up! Cranberries and popcorn make a garland that is too cute, cute, cute! Finish with a spray sealant or shallac and you can preserve the garland for future use. It's easy and inexpensive; visit the tutorial at Balsam Hill Christmas Tree Company.

This gorgeous wreath from Etsy store Elegant Holidays uses tons of decorative berries for a major punch of color. Give your own pine branch wreath a makeover by adding few natural or plastic berries into the mix!


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